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Man gets seven years probation for fraudulent prescriptions

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    Tramelle L. Henderson

A man with a Stone Mountain address apparently thought bringing bogus prescriptions to the small town of Gray was a good idea, but that was not the case.

Tramelle Leon Henderson was in Jones County Superior Court Sept. 23 to enter guilty pleas to two counts of forgery to obtain dangerous drugs and two counts of false prescriptions. Henderson received a total of seven years for the charges, which may be served on probation.

The plea was accepted by Superior Court Judge Terry Massey who informed the defendant that the maximum sentence for the charges was 22 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Faith Worley. She told the court the charges were the result of incidents that took place at two pharmacies in Gray Feb. 17.

According to a report of the crimes by Gray Police Lt. Jacob Hunnicutt, he was given a number to call by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office Feb. 17 in reference to fraudulent prescriptions. He said he called the number and spoke to the employee of a doctor’s office in Macon who had called the JCSO.

Hunnicutt said the caller told him about a possible forged prescription that was presented at a Gray pharmacy. She said the doctor’s office was called to verify that the prescription was fraudulent.

The lieutenant said he went to the pharmacy and spoke to the individual who was presented the forged prescription. He said the pharmacy employee told him that she told the man presenting the prescription she needed his identification because it was for a controlled substance.

He said Henderson gave her his drivers’ license. The employee copied the information that was on the license and identified the suspect from his picture, before telling him she could not fill the prescription.

“She said he became agitated and told her to shred the information. Then he left,” the officer said.

Hunnicutt said he took the information and asked for a copy of the security footage. He then went to three other pharmacies in Gray, two of which identified Henderson as trying to pass a fraudulent prescription. One of the attempts was that same day and another had taken place previously, using another name and connected to another case.

The lieutenant said during his investigation he learned the prescription paper could be purchased online, and the doctor whose name was forged on the prescriptions was no longer writing prescriptions.